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Donald Trump Defends Racist Retweet: ‘Am I Gonna Check Every Statistic?’


GOP front-runner refuses to back down after citing bogus crime statistics.

Donald Trump on Monday night defended his retweet of fabricated crime statistics that blamed African-Americans for most of the nation’s murders.

“Am I gonna check every statistic?” the Republican presidential front-runner told Bill O’Reilly on Monday night’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News.

The phony stats claim African-Americans killed 81 percent of white people. In truth, 82 percent of murders involving white victims were committed by white people, according to the FBI’s 2014 crime data.


“This bothered me,” O’Reilly said of the retweet. “It’s totally wrong.”

Trump was unapologetic.

“I didn’t tweet, I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert and it was also a radio show,” Trump said.

“Why do you want to be in that zone?” O’Reilly asked.

“Hey Bill. Bill. Am I gonna check every statistic?” Trump said. “I’ve got millions and millions of people, @realDonaldTrump by the way.”

“You’ve got to, you’re a presidential contender,” O’Reilly said.

“This came out of radio shows and everything else,” Trump repeated.

“Oh c’mon,” said O’Reilly. “Radio shows?”

“All it was is a retweet, it wasn’t from me, and it did,” Trump persisted. “It came out of a radio show and other places because you see all the names.”

Trump was apparently referring to Wayne Dupree, a conservative radio host tagged in the tweet. However, Dupree said on Twitter he had nothing to do with it:

O’Reilly told Trump he was looking out for him and “every honest politician.”

“Don’t do this,” O’Reilly advised. “Don’t put your name on stuff like this, because it makes the other side, it gives them stuff to tell the ill-informed voter that you’re a racist. You just handed them the platter.”

O’Reilly also suggested that Trump give up tweeting.

“Give it up for Lent,” O’Reilly said. “Lent is coming soon.”

Watch the full exchange in the clip above.

Fox News brings back Obama birther lies: Donald Trump, Dennis Miller and the revolting post-Paris sliming of the president

Fox News brings back Obama birther lies: Donald Trump, Dennis Miller and the revolting post-Paris sliming of the president

Laura Ingraham, Donald Trump, Dennis Miller (Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster/Rich Schultz/Dario Cantatore)


They’re back! After Paris, right-wing pundits embrace Obama as secret-Muslim-destroying-the-country theories, again

Most conspiracy theories rarely die, so much as slumber, ready to be woken fresh anew when political or social circumstances arouse the paranoid. So it is with birtherism, the theory that holds that President Obama is lying about his native-born citizenship. Or that he’s secretly Muslim and just pretending to be Christian. Or maybe he’s not actually Muslim, but still secretly has a big, loving heart for terrorist organizations pushing radical Islamic ideas. Or some combination of the above. Conspiracy theories work like that, with many branches and offshoots and every theorist combining the disparate ideas into their own puzzle of how it all works.

But while birtherism is a complex beast, all theories have in common two elements: Obama has a secret identity. This gives him the desire to destroy the United States from the inside, usually so it can fall into the hands of whatever group, real or imaginary, the conspiracy theorists fears most — anarchists, ISIS, Jeremiah Wright, Saul Alinsky. While most mainstream conservatives know they aren’t supposed to be out-and-out birthers in the public square, where people will laugh at them and ask if they also believe in lizard people, the attacks in Paris have created a surge of right-wing pundits winking at the birthers in their audience, indulging the widespread conservative paranoia that Obama is secretly out to get them.

In 2015, the typical birther move is to push some variation on this line: “I’m not saying he’s a secret Muslim born in Kenya for the purpose of installing him in government for a radical Islamic takeover, but…[imply that’s exactly what he is].”

Dennis Miller on Fox News Wednesday: “Listen, I think it’s fair to say at this point, you know, people always let him off the hook when they say he was born somewhere else or think he’s a Muslim. I’m not saying any of that, but it is entirely fair to say he has Islamic sympathies.” Bonus points, Dennis, for implying that the birther theories are concocted by liberals trying to cover for him. Adds a nice extra layer of paranoia to the proceedings.

Kimberly Guilfoyle on Fox News on Wednesday: “Literally it’s so disconcerting to me, Greg, that we have a president that is really, not only not rising up to the Winston Churchill moment, but he’s really almost helping the other side because he’s not doing anything to help our team.” Could it be that he’s Satan?! Nah, just a secret Muslim who wants ISIS to execute a global takeover, wink wink.

Ben Stein on Newsmax on Tuesday: ““I think the question is why is he so angry at America? I don’t think there’s much question that he does not wish America well. He has a real strong hatred of America. Is it because he’s part black? I don’t know. Is it because his father was mistreated by the British in Kenya? I don’t know.” Implying that black=Muslim=fundamentalist Muslim=supporter of terrorism is a common conflation in birtherism. The rule of thumb is that if you’re not a white Christian, you’re probably working for ISIS.

Ralph Peters on Fox News on Wednesday: “I’m waiting for this president to call Eric Holder out of retirement to lead a new movement, jihadi lives matter.”

Jim Garlow of WorldNetDaily Tuesday: “I have never beat the “Obama’s a Muslim” drum, and I won’t now. But the evidence is overwhelming that he cares little for authentic Christians, while doing everything he can to affirm Islam and to coddle Muslims – violent or peaceful.”

Donald Trump on Laura Ingraham’s show Tuesday: “They send them to the Republicans, not to the Democrats, you know because they know the problem … why would we want to bother the Democrats?” Clearly, all those families are just sleeper cells for Obama’s secret plan to take over the country.

Lots of people just saying out there these days. It’s a mode of communicating conspiracy theories that has a couple of major benefits. First, it allows the conspiracy theorist to perpetuate the theory without coming right out and saying it, giving them a blanket of plausible deniability when they’re called out for it (which will likely happen in response to this article).

Second of all, it perpetuates the idea that conservatives in this country are oppressed, that they are so unable to speak freely that they have to communicate their ideas in coded ways. It’s a paranoia twofer! The world is clearly out to get you guys, so better stay home and mainline more Fox News.

Arguing against this viewpoint is probably a waste of time. As the saying goes, you can’t reason people out of a belief they didn’t reason themselves into.

Still, it pays to be mindful of the spread of birtherism and the way it surges in times of stress like this. The belief that a certain subset of people with secret agendas have lied and flattered their way into power so they can destroy the nation from the inside is a common, recurring feature of right wing politics. It cropped up during the Clinton administration, when right wing radicals in the U.S. formed “militias”, arguing that Clinton was a secret something (it was never quite clear) and he was, with his black helicopters, going to take over the country by force one day. It fueled the McCarthy era and the hunt for secret communists. It’s fueling the anti-refugee sentiment, as refugees are accused of sneaking ISIS terrorists in their midst, because going through a two year screening process is a well-known and efficient way to do that, instead of tapping the existing ISIS sympathizers living in the U.S. (who are mostly trying to get to Syria). It’s the basis of the homophobic theory that gays are trying to “recruit” your kids. At its most extreme, it created the “stabbed in the back” theory in Nazi Germany that held that Jews secretly subverted the World War I effort, causing Germany to lose the war.

This is just more of the same. Hushed, paranoid theories of secret subversion are never really about protecting the nation, but about scoring political points and drumming up bigotry. There’s a crass opportunism to all of this, as these folks clearly are more worried about scoring political points against Obama than about talking about the best methods for fighting ISIS.

H/t: DB

Fox News: Obama Needs To Start Taking Advice From TV Show ‘Homeland’ (VIDEO)


Is this what it’s coming down to? Not only is President Obama not doing a good job (Source: Fox News) but he needs to start taking advice from Showtime?

Apparently, that’s the case according to Gretchen Carlson when discussing the matter with guest Bill Cowen. Yes, in case you’re wondering, this is the same Bill Cowen who was videotaped saying “Is Obama a legitimate American?” while looking like Santa Clause. They think the hit TV show Homeland can shed some light on national security issues, particularly as to how it relates to tackling ISIS overseas.

Just what is this advice that is so good? Gretchen played a clip that basically only said “the terrorists are there for one reason only, to die for the caliphate. We need to pound them into a parking lot.” That’s pretty much it. Nothing too revolutionary there.

Here’s the transcript of part of their conversation:

GRETCHEN: You know, I don’t know if it’s scary or there’s another adjective to describe it, but Showtime has a show called Homeland. And one of their characters actually seems to sometimes know more about this war on terror and ISIS than possibly the administration. Listen to this.

(Plays clip from the TV show)

GRETCHEN: So on that show, Lieutenant Colonel, they’re talking about what needs to be done in Syria. I mean, should we be listening to Homeland?

BILL COWAN: Yeah, we probably ought to, Gretchen. I don’t watch it. I know it’s a wonderful show. But the fact of the matter is, we have rules of engagement set down by the administration that preclude us from actively and aggressively attacking ISIS thinkers, the headquarters, what have you.

If President Obama is going to start listening to television drama series to better understand how to run the country, maybe Fox News should take a cue from the TV show The Newsroom. At least the content they produce is more truthful than what you’ll ever see coming from Fox News.

Fox Host DESTROYS ‘Factually Wrong’ Righties For Blaming Black Activists For Cop’s Death (VIDEO)

Fox News host Shepard Smith on Nov. 5, 2015.

Fox News host Shepard Smith on Nov. 5, 2015 | Image screen capture from Raw Story


Fox News is usually nothing but a right-wing propaganda machine. They spout the racist, homophobic, and anti-“anything-but-conservative” Christian rhetoric that their brainwashed, bigoted, ignorant viewers want to hear like it’s their job — because, well, it is. However, sometimes, even their own hosts get fed up and step out of line and tell the actual truth. That just happened with Shepard Smith with regards to the death of Fox Lake, Illinois police officer Joseph Gliniewicz.

We recently reported how Gliniewicz actually staged his own death. It was a suicide that was made to look like a murder, because it turns out the “hero” cop who was known for working with youth was actually embezzling money for years from the very organization so many praised him for heading up. He even tried to hire a hitman from the gang community to bump off a city employee who was about to cause his house of cards to tumble. Of course, before all of this came out, Fox quickly blamed black activists and their allies working to end police brutality against communities of color to explain why Gliniewicz was dead.

Well, Shep Smith was done defending what was said on his network prior to these revelations. He said in a recent broadcast, referencing the rabid right-wingers — particularly the ones he works with — who hate #BlackLivesMatter so much, while speaking with his on-air guest, Dann Schorr:

“Think of the narrative that came out of that from so many, many places, about, ‘It’s the fault of the Black Lives Matter movement.’ All of this stuff that was just, it really turned up the rhetoric and it really was factually wrong.”

Turning his attention to the dead cop’s attempt to have the official murdered, Smith continued:

“Today, it got disgusting.”

Schorr agreed with Smith, saying that the way to avoid having this big a glob of egg on one’s face is to “not jump to big conclusions.”

Smith echoed the sentiments, advising:

“Don’t get ahead of the news. It will run you over.”

They are right, of course. Too bad more folks over at Fox cannot see passed their biases like Shep Smith occasionally manages to do. These people’s fervent apologism for racist, brutal cops, their denial of systemic racism, and their own inherent racism means that they can’t do anything but blame #BlackLivesMatter for anything that goes wrong with cops, especially if there are fatalities involved.

Well, you fucked up big time on this one, Fox. Kudos to you, Shep Smith, for calling it out.

Watch video of the Shep Smith’s truth bomb below, via Media Matters HERE

Ben Carson Says America Would Be Cuba If Not For Fox News


The GOP presidential candidate also joked that “many” Americans are stupid.

What’s the difference between the United States and Cuba? According to GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, it’s Fox News.

“Even if all the media tries to shut you down — which they have tried very much to do with me, but they can’t because the good Lord has provided me with mechanisms like my syndicated column and like Fox News,” Carson said last year. “We’d be Cuba if there were no Fox News, I ought to tell you.”

The audience applauded the line about Fox News.

At the time, Carson was a paid contributor to the network.

The remarks from Oct. 19, 2014, at an event at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library were little noticed at the time, but resurfaced this week after being posted online by Mother Jonesand Media Matters.

Carson also joked that many Americans “stupid” while speaking of an unnamed “they” who have infiltrated schools and the media:

“They can twist and turn things as much as they want. But what they don’t understand, and they miscalculated, they were doing a great job in terms of fundamentally changing this nation. In terms of infiltrating the school systems, in terms of infiltrating the media. All of this — they’ve done a great job. Everything was perfect. Except they underestimated the intelligence of the American people. The people are not as stupid as they think they are. Many of them are stupid. Okay. But I’m talking about overall.”

The audience laughed, as did Carson.

The remarks are just a few in a string of eyebrow-raising comments from Carson. On Thursday, he said transgender people make “everybody else uncomfortable” in public restrooms and suggested a separate one for them.

Also this week, comments from 1998 resurfaced in which he said the pyramids in Egypt were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain, and not by the ancient Egyptian as tombs for the pharaohs.

On Wednesday, he defended those comments.

It’s still my belief, yes,” he told CBS News.

7 Amazing Moments From The Fox News ‘Terrorism Expert’ Who Was Just Arrested For Fraud


On Thursday, a man named Wayne Simmons was arrested by the FBI for what the agency called “major fraud” — lying about having worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for nearly 30 years, and then using that lie to obtain government security clearances.

Before his arrest, though, Simmons was a frequent contributor on Fox News, which billed him as a “former CIA operative.” And as might be expected, he used his claimed experience to make provocative assertions about U.S. national security policy, particularly America’s vulnerability to terrorism.

In light of his indictment, ThinkProgress reviewed his appearances on Fox News. Simmons was regularly featured on the network since at least 2002, so there were a lot to choose from.

When he said “boy king” Obama inspires terrorism

A little more than a year after the 2008 presidential election, Simmons told Fox News that president Obama — who he called the “boy king” — was directly responsible for a number of recent acts of terrorism.

“Since the coronation of the boy king 15 months ago, it is again not an accident that every third world despot — every third world despot — from Venezuela through Cuba to North Korea, virtually anyone in the Middle East that decides they want to take a shot at the United States and our Allies is doing just that,” Simmons said . “These guys now that are staring to come out of the woodwork are emboldened. They recognize, as do the third world nations [and] the dictators, that there will be no repercussions from the Obama administration.”

When he said Democrats would cause “9-1-1s unabated”

Speaking on The O’Reilly Factor in 2005, Simmons defended then-President George W. Bush’s decision to go into Iraq, and said Democratic-controlled government would cause “9-1-1s unabated.”


This, he said, was “not an opinion — this will absolutely be proven to be fact.”

“If the Democrats come into power in the United States and re-employ their vision of defense for this country, we will have 9-1-1s unabated,” Simmons said. “That’s not maybe. We know what took place in the past. And I still don’t understand exactly what it is that the Americans expect President Bush to do any different than he’s already done, Bill.”

When he said the missing Malaysian airliner was a “state-sponsored attack”

In an interview on Brian Kilmeade’s radio show last year, Simmons breathlessly described his theory for why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the South China Sea: A “state-sponsored” attack, carried out by “guys like me.”

“This had to have been, in my opinion, a state sponsored … very sophisticated attack on this airplane, and it had to be done by guys like me, from the intelligence agency, an intelligence agency, or with a really heavy intelligence background to pull this off,” he said. “This was very, very meticulously planned, and it was pulled off.”

When he said America will be attacked because of “pathological liar” Nancy Pelosi

Employing another “guys like me” reference, Simmons in 2009 said that CIA operatives might abandon their posts because of then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, whom he called a “pathological liar.”

“The Speaker of the House is a pathological liar and her attacks on the CIA, the release of the CIA memos has so sent a chill through the CIA to guys like me,” he said. ” I can assure you that we are not going to go the extra mile ever in this climate to secure information and intelligence that’s going to protect the United States, so understand that … this has directly affected the National Security of the United States.”

When he claimed to have personally witnessed a narco-terrorist cut someone’s tongue off

Simmons appeared on the O’Reilly Factor in 2003 to discuss the interrogation of Saddam Hussein. He argued that the United States should be relatively unrestrained in their interrogation, including the use of “chemicals” and “mind-altering drugs.”

His justification was that he had personally witnessed much more extreme tactics employed by narco-terrorists. “I have been involved in or been — not involved in, been in the rooms when narco terrorist interrogations were taking place. And they are brutal. You don’t want to watch someone get their eyes cut out, have their tongues cut out,” Simmons said.

When he claimed he had a plan to destroy ISIS in one week

Appearing on Fox News in March, he asserted that White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was actually running the country. But she didn’t know how to defeat ISIS. For Simmons, the solution was very simple.

“We could end this in a week. And that’s not an exaggeration. That’s not hyperbole. We could run a number of sorties, thousands of sorties, locate, identify and designate absolutely decimate ISIS, ISIL, I.S., whatever you want to call them. They would all be dead,” he said.

When he criticized the FBI for being bad at background checks

He may be regretting this one now, but in 2007, Simmons criticized the FBI for allowing a security breach that resembles the situation he is currently in, for not properly vetting their staff.

At the time of his criticism, the agency had hired a woman who faked a marriage to win U.S. citizenship, and then used that citizenship to get a job at the FBI. When employed by the agency, the woman then used an FBI computer to search for information about her relatives.

“Somewhere along the line of course Douglas, someone, whoever was responsible for the background check at the FBI really, really fell down,” Simmons said on Fox News, as he himself was being described as a “former CIA officer.”


Rupert Murdoch Is Deviant Scum

Rupert Murdoch

News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch tweeted last week that he’d like to see “a real black President” in office | Drew Angerer/NYTimes/Redux


For Murdoch and Fox, the chickens might be coming home to roost…

It all comes back to Rupert Murdoch. As multiple recent news stories have proven, the 2016 presidential race is fast becoming a referendum on the News Corp CEO and reigning media gorgon.

The two top candidates in the Republican field are a Fox News contributor (Ben Carson opened his Fox career two years ago comparing Obama to Lenin) and a onetime Fox favorite who is fast becoming the network’s archenemy: Donald Trump is the fallen angel in the Fox story, a traitor who’s trying to tempt away Murdoch’s lovingly nurtured stable of idiot viewers by denouncing their favorite “news” network as a false conservative God.

The fact that Trump is succeeding with this message on some level has to be a source of terrible stress to Murdoch. He must be petrified at the prospect of losing his hard-won viewership at the end of his life.

This, in turn, might explain last week. Otherwise: what was Rupert Murdoch doing tweeting?

Murdoch owns or controls print, cable and film outlets in so many places that his cultural and political views are fast becoming a feature of global geography. The sun never sets on his broadcast empire, a giant hovering Death Star that’s been firing laser cannons of “Rupert Murdoch’s Many Repellent Thoughts About Stuff” at planet Earth for decades now.

Yet Murdoch apparently still doesn’t feel like he’s getting his point across. At 8:59 p.m. last Wednesday night, the 84 year-old scandal-sheet merchant had to turn to Twitter to offer his personal opinion on Ben Carson and the American presidential race. To recap:

“Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide?”

Forget for a minute what Murdoch said. Think about the why.

Murdoch’s networks have already spent the last eight years hammering home this message to the whole world. Fox News has constantly presented Barack Obama as a mongrel, a kind of Manchurian President, raised in madrassas and weaned on socialism, who hates white people and yearns to euthanize them.

The network spent years exhaustively building and tweaking Obama’s supervillain persona, almost always employing this Two-Face theme. The president in Fox lore is superficially a polite, intelligent, “articulate” American politician who sounds on the level. But in the end, Fox tells us, Obama will always be unable to control the envious, Christian-fearing, success-hating African Marxist Terrorist in control of his subconscious.

Murdoch’s relentless message has been that Obama isn’t just impure, but overcompensatingly impure. He’s forever accusing the president of designing policies to redistribute white wealth as a means of proving his solidarity. And when Fox talks about Obama’s race, the caricature is always that he’s a secret street hood straining uncomfortably in politician clothes.

There was the time Eric Bolling talked about him “chugging 40s in IRE while tornadoes ravaged MO.” Or there was the time Brent Bozell compared him to a “skinny, ghetto crackhead,” or the time they called his 50th birthday party a “hip hop barbecue.”

Rupert Murdoch has spent seven to eight years finding every conceivable way to say that Barack Obama isn’t one of us. The president is forever described as a kind of malevolent animal, unable to control his irrepressible urge to take and redistribute the white man’s property. His hatred of Christians, too, is uncontrollable, a result of his early Muslim indoctrination.

Fox usually describes Obama as “cool” and “smart” on the outside, but a mystery on the inside, an unknown even to himself. They compared him to Rachel Dolezal, for God’s sake. Even Obama’s “filthy” private smoking habit has been presented at times as evidence of his secret split personality.

So after blasting out this ocean of repulsive, underhanded and frankly racist bilge over the course of years, Murdoch still thought we hadn’t got the message that Obama isn’t a “real black president.”

Forget about Barack Obama’s psyche; the fact that Murdoch thought he had to hit this same vicious rhetorical note one more time in a personal tweet at 9 at night at the age of 84 says a lot about Murdoch’s own pathology. This is a level of narcissism that makes Donald Trump seem introspective.

Speaking of Trump: The orangutoid real estate mogul’s presence in this presidential race is a real and hilarious threat to Murdoch’s political influence, at least in the United States. The on-again, off-again romance between Fox and Trump seems destined to end in permanent divorce, which could force Murdoch into a serious conundrum, because Trump has essentially been calling out Murdoch’s own “realness.”

Until Trump arrived, Murdoch owned the lowest common denominator in the media space. He didn’t just play to our worst instincts, he wrapped both arms around them and squeezed as hard as he could.

Some people think the media business is tough, but think of it like teaching preschool. There’s a whole range of strategies, but one of them, guaranteed to work, is walking into class every morning and handing out giant tubs of ice cream. The Fox lineup is the media equivalent of this: a giant pile of tits, explosions and football.

All media companies do this to varying degrees, but Murdoch’s brilliant insight, the one that made Fox the voice of ‘Murica, is that the lowest common denominator can be extended beyond entertainment, to ideology and politics.

Murdoch sold political coverage that could be digested directly by the stomach, bypassing the mind. He fed viewers a steady diet of Southern Strategy bromides about minorities and foreigners and queers and feminists and Sean Penn, all working together to steal the minivan out of Middle America’s driveway.

From a production standpoint, this coverage strategy is a beautifully utilitarian thing. The stuff writes itself, and you don’t really need to agonize over things like facts, just putt somewhere near the cup. You win by picking five to six news stories each week that fit the narrative, and just hammering the hell out of them.

In no time, every retirement home in America will be tuned in (half of Murdoch’s news viewers are 68 or older), and your advertisers will be able to suck money out of the elderly and the desperate even more efficiently than do casinos.

Murdoch’s genius is that he always found ways to hit new lows without hitting absolute bottom. He created a political propaganda network whose next step down was the Third Reich. But he’s been careful to never go there, likely not because it’s wrong, but because that next step scares advertisers – just ask Glenn Beck.

Along comes Trump, who wants not just to cross that invisible line, but race past it. He’s pitching voters on the idea that Rupert’s news network is a sellout establishment plant because it won’t go there, and a good number of them are buying.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump at the FOX News GOP debate. Scott Olson/Getty 

Now Murdoch has to worry how low he’ll have to go to keep his street cred. His network wasted no time backing Trump’s “Mexicans are rapists” comments. But they’ve been paralyzed, for instance, over the difficult question of whether or not women are fat menstruating pigs.

At present, Murdoch’s people seem desperately to want to plead nolo contendre on Trump’s crazier comments. Fox personnel have reportedly been instructed to stay away from Trump’s “blood coming out of her wherever” line about anchor Megyn Kelly. Disturbingly, but also darkly ironically, viewer emails have reportedly all been on Trump’s side.

“[Fox News Chairman] Roger [Ailes] was not happy,” a Fox source told New York Magazine. “Most of the Fox viewers were taking Trump’s side.”

Neither Ailes nor Murdoch are too dense to know what this means. They know they’ve spent a generation building an audience of morons. Their business model depends on morons; morons are the raw materials of their industry, the way Budweiser is in the hops business.

The problem with morons is that you can do a pretty good business asking each one for a dollar to keep them safe from the giant asteroid that is going to land in their living rooms tomorrow. But even an American starts to get suspicious after 30 or 40 years of tomorrows.

You have to keep upping the ante to make it work. Trump is doing his best, but he’s going to places now that make even Rupert Murdoch nervous. Meanwhile the “respectable” candidate is Fox’s own Ben Carson, a man who continues to be living proof that you don’t need to have a brain in order to operate on one.

Carson’s latest gem is that the Holocaust could have been prevented if only the Jews had been armed, a line so dumb that it would have been cut from a Zucker brothers movie. Six months ago Rupert Murdoch dismissed the loony neurosurgeon in an amusingly condescending tweet. “Wonderful character, up from Detroit ghetto, sadly seems political naïf,” he wrote. But now he’s clinging to Carson as his best hope to stay in the game.

I think Rupert Murdoch fired off those desperate tweets last week because he senses his beloved audience of idiots drifting away. They are beginning to suspect the truth about him, i.e. that he isn’t really one of them: They may finally sense that he’s a foreigner, that he wouldn’t be caught dead eating pork rinds, that he knows what the word “naïf” means.

Murdoch could go lower to prove his devotion, but that next step down is Trump. If he balks at that, he might lose his audience. Beautiful. Here’s to hoping that any choice he makes will end in disaster. Nobody has ever deserved it more.

H/t: DB

John Oliver destroys Fox News over staggeringly offensive refugee coverage

John Oliver destroys Fox News over staggeringly offensive refugee coverage

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John Oliver took on the heartbreaking stories of the Syrian refugee crisis Sunday night on Last Week Tonight.

Oliver began with an all out assault on Fox News for showing what they said was a new video online that “some” say makes people nervous about taking in refugees. The footage featured a packed public transit train with the crowd chanting “Allahu akbar” or “God is great” in Arabic. The caption reads below the video “Terrorists Inbound? Taking refugees could open door to jihadists.” The Fox News reporter said “those are reportedly Muslim refugees” and then goes on to say “to be clear, we’re not saying any of those people are terrorists or in any way affiliated with a terror group, but it does highlight just how many of these refugees who are fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria are Muslim.”

Oliver lit the Fox News anchor up for claiming she wasn’t calling the people in the video terrorists since the screen actually read “Terrorists Inbound?” below the video. Oliver’s crack research team also uncovered that the video Fox News was showing was uploading in 2010, not, as the reporter claimed recently of “Muslim refugees.” Oliver’s suggestion was to just use the footage from the film True Lies with the Islamic terrorists because it’s only slightly more racist and is at least of actual terrorists albeit fictional ones.

One of the heartbreaking stories Oliver highlighted was the story of teenager Nageen Mustafa who has been wheelchair bound for most of her life and managed to make the difficult journey from Syria to Europe fleeing violence. The girl was all smiles in the video saying the terrifying journey was “funny,” because it was “the first time I see the sea.” BBC reporter Fergal Keane asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up and she said an astronaut because she wanted to see an alien. She also wants to meet Queen Elizabeth.

Because of her disability she was shunned and prevented from going to school. Her English is exceptional so reporters have asked her how she learned, she said she spent two years watching the soap opera Days of Our Lives.

“Unfortunately for Nageen and so many like her,” Oliver said, “Europe has yet to create an effective system to process this influx of people. Every country has a different application process and some are totally overwhelmed and underfunded.”

He then showed examples of the forms that many of the refugees are being handed with appointment dates to discuss their status in anywhere from three months to five years from now. Oliver reminded the audience that between now and then they cannot legally work in the country to which they are fleeing without proper status and immigration paperwork.

Unless of course, they go to Germany. Oliver showed footage of the thousands of people streaming into German airports where Germans are applauding and welcoming them as they arrive. “That’s right, amazingly, one of the warmest welcomes offered to immigrants comes from Germany. A country whose idea of a bedtime story is two children being left to die in the forest before being nearly being cooked and eaten and murdering an old woman,” Oliver said of the tale Hansel and Gretel. ” Sleep well!”

Oliver then decimates the heartless camera woman who was caught tripping refugees as they were trying to escape boarder guards. “Oh! She lost her job!” Oliver said. “I’m sorry, I’m sure she can find a new one on”

“The maddening thing here is Europe doesn’t even have to do this for good reasons. It can do it for selfish ones, because it is in dire need of new citizens,” Oliver said before rolling footage of a report talking about the extremely low birth rate in Europe.

In the end Oliver’s gift to the refugees is a special video for young Nageen who was so disappointed her favorite character on Days of Our Lives was killed off. You’ll want to watch in the video below – it’s everything:

Trump to O’Reilly: 14th Amendment is unconstitutional

NEW YORK - MAY 15: Donald Trump watches from the stands along with news commentator Bill O'Reilly during the game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on May 15, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Twins 5-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Donald Trump clashed with Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday night over the part of his immigration plan that would take away citizenship from the children who were born in the United States but whose parents came to the country illegally.

Under the 14th Amendment, O’Reilly told Trump on “The O’Reilly Factor,” mass deportations of so-called birthright citizens cannot happen.

Trump disagreed, and said that “many lawyers are saying that’s not the way it is in terms of this.”

“What happens is, they’re in Mexico, they’re going to have a baby, they move over here for a couple of days, they have the baby,” Trump said, telling O’Reilly that the lawyers said, “It’s not going to hold up in court, it’s going to have to be tested.

“Regardless, when people are illegally in the country, they have to go. Now, the good ones — there are plenty of good ones — will work, so it’s expedited, we can expedite it where they come back in, but they come back legally,” Trump clarified.

O’Reilly then asked Trump if he envisions “federal police kicking in the doors in barrios around the country dragging families out and putting them on a bus” as a means to deport everyone he intends to deport.

“I don’t think they have American citizenship, and if you speak to some very, very good lawyers — some would disagree. But many of them agree with me — you’re going to find they do not have American citizenship. We have to start a process where we take back our country. Our country is going to hell. We have to start a process, Bill, where we take back our country,” Trump said.

There is a way to do it, O’Reilly said, in amending the Constitution.

Trump also said that he would not pursue an amendment to the Constitution to remedy the situation.

“It’s a long process, and I think it would take too long. I’d much rather find out whether or not anchor babies are citizens because a lot of people don’t think they are,” he said. “We’re going to test it out. That’s going to happen, Bill.”

Fox News’ Jesse Watters proposes sending undocumented immigrants on “a Trail of Tears” to build Trump’s Mexican border wall

Fox News' Jesse Watters proposes sending undocumented immigrants on "a Trail of Tears" to build Trump's Mexican border wall

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In 1838 and 1839, as part of Andrew Jackson's Indian removal policy, the Cherokee nation was forced to give up its lands east of the Mississippi River and to migrate to an area in present-day Oklahoma. The Cherokee people called this journey the "Trail of Tears," because of its devastating effects. -  PBS


“If these illegals came to the US and had babies who grew up Republican, Democrats would build a bigger wall”

On “The Five” Monday, Fox News’ court jester Jesse Watters inflicted his brand of humor on the immigration debate, claiming that he supports Trump’s draconian immigration policy even though it would require “a Trail of Tears” to work.

The segment began with a clip of Trump telling NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday that his immigration plan wouldn’t entail breaking up families, because he wouldn’t just be deporting illegal parents, he would be deporting their children too “in order to keep the families together.”

“This is a massively inhumane proposal,” Geraldo Rivera said. “Do you remember the picture of Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban child being forcibly deported with that immigration officer holding that gun while he was hiding in the closet? Multiply that by two million.”

“I love how Chuck Todd’s whining about ‘Where are these poor illegal aliens going to go,’” Watters replied. “Hey, Chuck! Put ’em up at your place, I’m sure you’ve got plenty of room. He’s a compassionate guy, and I bet he has a mansion.”

Over the exasperated cries of his co-hosts, Watters continued, saying “I think the plan is simple. Maybe here’s what we do to them — we send them to the Mexican border, and maybe the illegal alien families build the wall. Then when the wall’s finished, they get amnesty.”

“That’s just as unrealistic as Trump’s plan,” former George W. Bush press secretary Dana Perino said.

“Do you ever listen to yourself?” Geraldo asked.

“Listen, I know it’s going to be a Trail of Tears, but it’s a simple plan: protect the border, protect families, protect jobs,” Watters said. “I don’t buy these crocodile tears from liberals, ‘What’s going to happen?’ Because we know what they think is going to happen, because we saw what Kelly Osbourne said, ‘You can’t deport the illegals, who’s going to clean the toilets?’ They think of these people as servants.”

“Look,” he continued, “if these people were illegally coming to this country to have babies who grew up Republican, Democrats would be building a bigger wall.”

“And you would have a different opinion,” Rivera said.

“You think so?” Watters asked. “You’re calling me a hypocrite, Geraldo?”

“You’re just a partisan politician,” Rivera replied.

Watch the entire segment via Fox News.

H/t: DB